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Improving acquisition compliance and ethics may involve less rulemaking and more culture shaping according to panelists at the National Contract Management Association's World Congress conference. At the conference, agency leaders discussed the need to streamline and pursue innovative approaches to federal acquisition policies.
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An uninvited guest crashes the world's largest international naval exercise. A Chinese spy ship is watching over the Rim of the Pacific exercise that runs until Friday. But the ship isn't breaking any navigation laws, so Chinese military experts say it's a non-issue. Sam LaGrone, news editor of the US Naval Institute, broke the news of the ship's presence outside RIMPAC. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explains why it's not a huge surprise.
Suicides among active-duty military rose this year compared with the same period last year, but Pentagon officials indicate more service members are seeking help through hotlines and other aid programs. Pentagon documents obtained by The Associated Press show there were 161 confirmed or suspected suicides as of July 14, compared with 154 during the same time frame in 2013. The increase was among the Air Force and Navy, while soldiers and Marine suicides went down.
A new approach to defense acquisition reform may come from a television show. Nick Guertin, director of transformation in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, Test and Evaluation, and his colleague Howard Reichel, presented a paper called "Open Systems Architecture License Rights: A New Era for the Public-Private Marketplace" at the 11th annual Acquisition Research Symposium. Their views are their own. Nick tells Francis Rose on In Depth about the unique challenge intellectual property poses for defense contracting.
The Navy has its first female four-star admiral, Michelle Janine Howard. She was promoted on Tuesday to the service's highest rank. She graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1982 and in 1999 became the first African-American woman to command a Navy ship. She was a key figure is the real-life rescue of Captain Richard Phillips from Somalia pirate. The story later became a block-buster movie.
A Virginia government contractor is sentenced for conspiracy to bribe public officials.
U.S. Marines from the USS Gunston Hall will conduct previously scheduled sustainment training in Kuwait in the coming days. The Marine Corps has conducted sustainment training in Kuwait on a regular basis for two decades. The region is of specific concern because of the terror group ISIL's march toward Baghdad. The Gunston Hall is part of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group. It departed Norfolk, Va. in February and is operating in the 5th fleet area of responsibility on a routine deployment to support maritime security operations. The deployment of U.S. Navy assets are regularly scheduled and are in accordance with our longstanding commitments to the security and stability of the region.
As the Navy retakes control over its own IT networks, it is eager to introduce features that improve the experience for end users. At the same time, the Navy is warning vendors that it's not going to buy just bells and whistles. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports. Read Jared's related article.